Depression Is Risk Factor for Dementia: Researchers
Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two.
Specifically, they haven't been able to figure out the direction in which the relationship works -- does...
Gardens Soothe Agitation in Those With Dementia: Study
Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests. Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia...
Blood Test May Predict Suicide Risk
A gene tied to negative thoughts and impulses may lead to a blood test predicting suicide risk, according to researchers who said such a tool could help prevent a leading cause of death. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore discovered that a mutation to a...
Love Hormone Oxytocin Improves Adult Autism
Treating certain adult autism patients with just a single dose of the hormone oxytocin quickly improved their ability to judge facial expressions and emotions, Japanese researchers report. Known as the love hormone, oxytocin has been shown to play a role in emotional...
Hormone Gel Can Ease Depression in Women
A hormone gel rubbed into the skin once a day can ease depression in women whose condition is caused by fluctuations in the hormone progesterone. Reproductive Depression is caused by fluctuations in progesterone that occur when a surge of the hormone is released by the...
Simple Pulse Check May Prevent Stroke: Study
Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report. Screening pulse is the method of choice for checking for irregular heartbeat for people over age 65 who have never had a stroke. Our study shows it may be a safe,...
Young Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders?
Young children with strong reading skills may be on a fast track to a brighter future, a new study suggests.Kids with above average reading skills may have higher intelligence levels as they get older, according to British researchers.The study included 1,890 identical...
Blood Tests May Predict How Long Lou Gehrig's Patients Have to Live
Simple blood tests may one day help predict survival and the course of the disease in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease, Italian researchers report. The components in the blood that might yield clues to how fast ALS is...
Parents of Autistic Children Need Help, Too
Most therapies for autism focus on the child, but new research suggests the child's stressed-out parents could benefit from treatments designed specifically for them. Mothers of autistic children who took part in a coping skills program found they connected better with their...
Pregnant Moms Who Smoke More Likely to Have Kids with ADHD
Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD), according to new research.
The new study also hints -- but doesn't prove -- that nicotine-replacement products used during...
Danish Genes May Hold Key to Happiness
Inspired by studies about which nations are the happiest, economists at Warwick University in the UK performed one of their own, concluding that countries whose population bears the most genetic resemblance to Denmark are the happiest. Not only does their research make the...
Autism Finding: Genetics Play Larger Role Than Environment
Most of the genetic risk for autism appears to come from common gene variants rather than spontaneous gene mutations, according to a new study.
Researchers compared about 3,000 people in Sweden with and without autism and found that about 52 percent of autism was linked to...
Two-Thirds of Soldiers Suffering PTSD Don't Seek Treatment
As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
Even so, about two-thirds of soldiers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder...
Study Uncovers Healthy Habits That Delay Dementia
A program that emphasizes healthy eating, brain and social engagement, physical activity and heart health may slow dementia among people at risk for Alzheimer's disease, says a new preliminary report from Sweden.
The findings can't guarantee that healthy living will prevent...
Fish Oil Slows Dementia: Study
A team of hospital researchers in Rhode Island have concluded that regular doses of fish oil could reduce brain atrophy and help seniors maintain cognitive function.
The findings, published in the journal Alzheimer's Dementia, offer hope for the prevention and treatment...
New Protein Linked to Alzheimer's
Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.
The discovery could give a new target for developing drugs and other treatments for...
Arthritis Drug Halts Progression of Alzheimer's
An anti-inflammatory drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may stop the progression of Alzheimer's, according to a randomized controlled study from the United Kingdom's University of Southampton.
Researchers tested the drug Etanercept, normally used to treat autoimmune...
Cerebral Palsy Can Be Inherited: Researchers
Cerebral palsy, a disability of the brain linked to problems in pregnancy or birth, may have an inherited cause, according to a study published on Wednesday.
Norway researchers found that families where a close relative has cerebral palsy are at increased risk of giving...
New Alzheimer's Drug May Help Mildly Impaired
Researchers say an experimental drug from the biotech company Genentech failed to slow mental decline in tests on more than 500 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. The drug did show some promise in the least-impaired participants who received the higher of two...
Fish Oil Cuts Risk of Lou Gehrig's: Harvard Study
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help cut your risk for the fatal neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a new study suggests. These fatty acids -- found most commonly in certain fish -- are known to help...
Drugmaker to Test Alzheimer's Drugs in Symptomless Patients
Novartis said it would test two experimental Alzheimer's drugs on people with a genetic risk of developing dementia, aiming to gauge whether the treatments can prevent or delay symptoms of the memory-robbing disease.
In collaboration with the Banner Alzheimer's Institute,...
US Alzheimer's Rate Declines
The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries - good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show.
An American over age 60 today has a...
7 Top Risk Factors for Alzheimer's
Millions of cases of Alzheimer's could be prevented by altering lifestyle habits which increase risk of the tragic memory-robbing disease, scientists said on Monday.
Alzheimer's is an age-related brain condition that experts suspect is influenced by both genes and the...
Eye Test Can Detect Early Alzheimer's
Eye tests could be used to identify people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, two new studies suggest. In one study, early results from 40 participants who used a certain eye test found a significant association between levels of beta-amyloid plaques in the retina...
High Blood Pressure Can Protect Against Dementia: Study
New research suggests high blood pressure may not be all bad. Elevated levels might help to stave off mental decline among the extreme elderly, the study suggests. The finding follows a decade spent tracking high blood pressure and dementia among 625 men and women aged 90...
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